Mobile malware has increased 500% - what should you do? 

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13th February 2023

Mobile malware has increased 500% – what should you do? 

Cybersecurity researchers uncovered an alarming mobile statistic. During the first few months of 2022, mobile malware attacks surged by 500%.  

For years, mobile phones have become more powerful. They now do many of the same functions as a computer. Yet, people tend to secure their computers better than they do their smartphones.  

This is a behaviour that needs to change. Over 60% of digital fraud now occurs through mobile devices. That makes them highly risky if proper safeguards aren’t followed.  

Use mobile anti-malware  

Yes, your mobile phone needs antivirus/anti-malware too! Malware can and does infect smartphones and tablets. Ensure that you have a reliable mobile anti-malware app installed. 

Don’t download apps from unknown sources  

Only download mobile apps from trusted sources. Do not download outside a main app store. Trusted App stores include places like: 

Don’t assume email is safe  

Many people prefer checking email on their phone rather than PC because it’s so handy. But they have a false sense of security about the safety of emails when viewed on a mobile device.  

It’s difficult to hover over a link without clicking when on a smartphone. If you see something questionable and want to check the link, open the email on your PC where you can do that.  

Beware of SMS phishing (aka “smishing”)  

In March of 2022, text spam outpaced robocalls. Unwanted text messages rose by 30%, 10% higher than robocalls. Many of those spam texts are smishing.  

Be on the lookout for text messages that don’t quite make sense.  

For example, getting a shipping notification when you haven’t ordered anything.  

Remove old apps you no longer use  

Go through your device and remove old applications that you are no longer using.  

There is no reason to keep them around, potentially leaving your device at risk.  

Keep your device updated  

Speaking of updates, you also need to keep your device’s operating system updated. Are you using the current version of Android or iOS? Not installing updates can mean your phone has vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities allow hackers to breach your data.  

Use a VPN when on public Wi-Fi  

Public Wi-Fi is dangerous. Most people understand that, but many connect to it out of necessity. Reduce your risk by using a VPN app.  

Mobile security solutions to prevent a data breach  

Don’t wait until your phone is infected with malware to secure it properly. It’s only a matter of time before you are the next victim. 


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